Baltimore County Team-by-team Capsules Local Sports: High School Field Hockey Preview

September 15, 1994|By Kevin Eck

Catonsville Comets

1993 record: 1-9. Coach: Kathy Schuyler.

Top players: Marcia Russo, Sr., M; Caryn Kahler, Sr., M; Katie Zeller, Sr., M; Angie Mingheni, Sr., D; Chris Cush, Soph., D.

Outlook: The Comets were able to hold their own on defense last season, but they had difficulty scoring. Improving the offense, therefore, is Schuyler's top priority, and she believes the addition of sophomore Lauren Nopulos could be the key. "A .500 season is what I'm looking for. But I may have higher goals real soon," Schuyler said.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1993 record: 5-6-1. Coach: Corliss Johnson.

Top players: Kim Bevins, Sr., D; Ann Nida, Sr., D; Kerri Hopkins, Jr., F; Ariane Sullivan, Sr., F; Courtney Rohde, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Bayhawks return five starters and have the potential to improve upon last season's record. The team is strong defensively, but Johnson said the offense needs to be more aggressive. "We haven't worked up to the potential of the team we had last year. But once we're in a groove, we should surpass last year's team," Johnson said.

Dulaney Lions

1993 record: 5-6. Coach: Melba Williams.

Top players: Christina Chillemi, Sr., D; Karen Libby, Jr., F; Liz Keible, Sr., D; Mary Enock, Jr., F; Courtney Ball, Sr., F.

Outlook: Williams, in her 29th season at Dulaney, expects the Lions to rebound from a disappointing 1993 season, in which they fell short of expectations and didn't make the playoffs. The Lions, who return seven starters, figure to be a strong defensive team. Dulaney lacks speed, but Williams believes her team's intelligent play will make up for it.

Dundalk Owls

1993 record: 3-6-3. Coach: Ann Merritt.

Top players: Eliza Nowicki, Sr., M; Sarah Thall, Soph., F; Noel Palazzi, Sr., F; Candace Flamm, Jr., F; Tia Taylor, Jr., D.

Outlook: It will be a rebuilding season for the Owls, who have 15 players who are playing the sport for the first time. But despite her team's inexperience, Merritt has been pleasantly surprised by what she has seen in practice. "These kids have never held a stick until two weeks ago, but I think we will improve every game, and hopefully give some teams a fit," Merritt said.

Franklin Indians

1993 record: 5-5. Coach: Carol Smith.

Top players: Shannon Bamonto, Sr., M; Lacey Wilson, Jr., M; Lisa Bradley, Jr., D; Amy Whitcomb, Jr., G; Jennifer Stephenson, Sr., F.

Outlook: The Indians, who dropped to .500 last season -- their worst record in 14 years under Smith -- should be on the rise again. Franklin returns all but one starter and appears to be equally strong on offense and defense. Among the returnees are Bamonto, an All-County player on defense, and Stephenson, the leading returning scorer (12 goals, four assists last season).

Hereford Bulls

1993 record: 10-2. Coach: Tammy Mundie.

Top players: Audra Trouland, Sr., D; Kristin Harrison, Sr., G; Kim Hardesty, Sr., F; Susan Minton, Sr., M; Jennifer Krantz, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Bulls return 11 players, five of whom were starters, from last season's team that was eliminated in the first round of the regionals. With a strong attack, first-year coach Mundie believes her team has the talent to go further this season. "They're highly skilled and quick, and [the attack] communicates and works the ball together nicely," Mundie said.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1993 record: 10-3. Coach: Vera Jensen.

Top players: Tracy Dobson, Sr., D; Kelly Shearer, Jr., M; Kelly Bess, Jr., G; Amanda Nettleyon, Jr., F.

Outlook: The Bluebirds will have to compensate for the graduation of high-scoring forward Danielle Baker and talented goalie Colleen Bess. First-year coach Jensen expects a more balanced offense this season. She cites the midfield and defense as the Bluebirds' strengths. "Our goal is to reach .500, but we have the capability to do real well," she said.

Lansdowne Vikings

1993 record: 2-9-1. Coach: Debbie Henkel.

ATop players: Lynn Schwartz, Sr., F; Becky Williams, Sr., G; Jenny Clements, Sr., M; Chris Catterton, Jr., D.

Outlook: Henkel is hoping the Vikings can reach .500, but they will have to score more than the five goals they scored last season to do so. Lansdowne returns only three starters and could be in store for another long season unless its inexperienced players develop quickly. Henkel has been impressed by her team's aggressiveness.

Loch Raven Raiders

1993 record: 9-3. Coach: Wendy Galinn.

Top players: Alison Jones, Sr., F; Gia Trionfo, Sr., F; Kelly White, Sr., D; Kara Kreafle, Jr., M; Sony Seccurro, Jr., M.

Outlook: The Raiders lost six starters from last season's regional semifinalist team, but a nucleus of players from an undefeated JV should keep Loch Raven near the top of the 1A-2A League. First-year coach Galinn, who coached the JV for two years, has been impressed by the Raiders' teamwork and communication skills. "We may have some growing pains early, but we will be tough by the end of the season," she said.

Overlea Falcons

1993 record: 7-5. Coach: Patti Rector.

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